Author Topic: How to find GPS Coordinates, Match them to a Map and Keep your Location Private.  (Read 1374 times)

Offline Fake ID

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Hello Friends,

More and more Phones and DSLRs are coming with inbuilt GPS facility these days. How to see the Coordinates of the Location where you shot your Pic and also how to hide those locations can be sometimes very important.

01) How to find the GPS Coordinates ?

Ans : This information is stored as ?metadata? embedded in the photo files themselves. All you have to do is view the file?s properties and look for it. It?s a bit like the potentially incriminating information that can be stored along with Microsoft Office documents or PDF files.

This is built into Windows. Download the image file to your computer, right-click it, select Properties, and click the Details tab. Look for the Latitude and Longitude coordinates under GPS.

On a Mac, download the file, right-click it (or Control-click it), and select Get Info. You?ll see the Latitude and Longitude coordinates under More details.

Sure, you may be able to see this information with an ?EXIF viewer? application, but most operating systems have this feature built in.

This information isn?t embedded in every single photo. The person who took the photo may have disabled this feature on their phone or manually removed the EXIF details afterwards. Many image-sharing services online ? but not all of them ? will automatically strip the geolocation details for privacy reasons. If you don?t see these details, the?ve been stripped from (or never included in) the image file.

Q. How to Match the GPS Coordinates to a Map ?

Ans : These are standard GPS coordinates, so you just need to match them to a location on a map to find where the photo was actually taken. Many mapping services offer this feature ? you can plug the coordinates straight into Google Maps, for example. Google offers instructions for properly formatting the coordinates for Google Maps. Plug the coordinates into such a service and you?ll see exactly where the photo was taken on a real map.

Bear in mind that this is just metadata and could be faked, but it?s pretty rare that someone would bother to fake metadata instead of stripping it entirely. It?s also possible for the GPS location to be off a bit. A phone or digital camera may just have been using its last known location if it couldn?t get an up-to-date GPS signal while taking the photo.

Q. How to stop Embedding GPS Coordinates in Your Photos ?

Ans :If you want to disable this entirely, you can go into your phone?s Camera app and disable the location setting. You can also remove the embedded EXIF data before sharing potentially sensitive photos. Tools are built directly into Windows, Mac OS X, and other operating systems for this ? follow our guide for more details.

Please bear in mind that these coordinates are used to help you, too. For example, with a service like Google+ Photos, Yahoo!?s Flickr, or Apple?s iCloud Photo Library, you can organize your photos and view them by where they were taken. You can always strip out the location information on your own if you want to share a photo ? that?s why so many services will automatically remove the geolocation details when you share the photo with someone else.

On an iPhone, open the Settings app, tap Privacy, and tap Location Services. Tap the Camera app in the list and select ?Never? for ?Allow Location Access.? The Camera app won?t have access to your location and won?t be able to embed it in photos.


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Thanks Anil. It was a useful post. I always thought what was the use of the GPS tagging. I never could find a single use of the same and am still clueless.
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GPS tagging is very helpful tool for people working in wildlife and also for us to get data on distribution, other research work on a species. And when photographer post this information on a forum etc it is very useful for wildlife researchers in devising ways to know the status and conservation strategies for a species . I wish people use it more often for birds and some mammals.

But definitely it should be used in many circumstances. As now a days poachers also track into this and can lay a trap for a beautiful feline (cat family) you might have seen thus it is heavily discouraged for species which are poached, hunted for commercial illegal trade. There has been cases where some photographers have given exact details of location of a tiger and the illegal poachers laid traps and hunted it down. Be aware of what you should tell others and what not. Just because the technology is there, you may not need to use it. Be a responsible photographer.
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I always wondered how we do that... Thanks for the info. But is there any good advantage of using Geo tagging for photographers other than Wildlife
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